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Muslims Removed from AirTran Flight included an LOC Attorney

Along with the families of Atif Irfan, a tax attorney, and his brother Kashif Irfan, an anesthesiologist, employees at AirTran Airways at Reagan Airport outside Washington DC also removed a family friend, Abdul Aziz. Aziz is a Library of Congress attorney (according to LinkedIn, he is a "Legal Information Analyst at Library of Congress") who was coincidentally taking the same flight and had been seen talking with the family. Story from CNN.

Further analysis on this incident from Dan Gilgoff of U.S. News and World Report, whose article is entitled "Does Muslim Family Booted From Plane Strengthen Case for Religious Literacy?"

President-Elect Obama To Take Oath of Office On Lincoln-Inaugural Bible From Library of Congress

<p>From the Library of Congress:</p> <blockquote> <p>President-elect Barack Obama on Jan.

Day in the Life of a Library of Congress Chemist

DC-ist Blog has the 'photo of the day' from 'volcanpkw'

...who has pretty much the coolest job ever; she's a Research Chemist with the LoC and has been working with daguerreotypes for the past few days. She told us she's trying to figure out:

* What did 19th century photographers use as plate bases for their daugerreotypes?
* Can we tell what the tarnish is on his plates?
* Can we treat the tarnish without destorying the image?
* Do multiple sensitizations change particle size/distribution?
* How can we clean off organics (like bugs) without destroying the image?
* Can we use hyperspectral imaging to re-create what an almost-gone image once looked like by using UV and infrared light?

She's a Poet And Everyone Knows It

Today, mountain-biking Californian Kay Ryan becomes U.S. Poet Laureate, chosen by the Librarian of Congress to join a list that includes Robert Frost and Robert Penn Warren.

Video of the new Poet Laureate from

Rep. Frank Requests that Library of Congress Not Appeal Schroer Judgement

As was reported on LISNews last week, Diane Schroer, formerly David, was offered the job as a terrorism research analyst with the LOC’s Congressional Research Service but was later denied the position when she announced her plans to live as a woman. Judge Robinson ruled that the Library of Congress discriminated against Schroer.

The LOC has the opportunity now to appeal the court’s decision. Barney Frank’s (D-MA) letter was written to the Librarian of Congress, Dr. James Billington, who heads the library and initially announced its decision not to hire Schroer in 2005.

“I strongly urge you not to appeal,” wrote Frank. “I will be working with my congressional colleagues because it would be a great source of stress to us if you were to — as an institution that bears our name — appeal a decision that is plainly in the interest of fairness.” The library said that while it would not discuss the details of Frank’s letter, it was still considering its next, if any, course of action. Latest from The Hill.

Success: Diane Schroer and ACLU Win Sex Discrimination Suit Against LOC

New York Times: A former Army Special Forces commander passed over for a job as a terrorism analyst at the Library of Congress because he was changing genders won a discrimination lawsuit. Judge James Robinson of Federal District Court ruled that the Library of Congress had engaged in sex discrimination against Diane Schroer of Alexandria, Va., formerly known as David Schroer. The library was initially enthusiastic about the hire, Judge Robinson said in his decision, adding, “The library revoked the offer when it learned that a man named David intended to become, legally, culturally and physically, a woman named Diane.”

Schroer's case was first reported here on LISNews in 2005.

Mystery Store Proprietors to Reveal the Mysteries of Modern Publishing at the LOC

From Shelf-Awareness: Barbara Peters and Robert Rosenwald, owners of Poisoned Pen Books Bookstore and Poisoned Pen Press, Scottsdale, AZ, will be the featured speakers at the Library of Congress at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 7, at an event that is part of the Books & Beyond author series sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

The pair will address how book and print technology has developed; how electronic manuscript submissions, e-books, digital ink and wireless reading devices have affected the industry; digital rights management; the interplay of Web and print media; video trailers for books; the popularity of graphic novels and gaming based on books.

Excuse Me, How Do You Get to the Library of Congress?

Capitol Police arrested a driver on a street near the Library of Congress after he stopped to ask an officer for directions and a rifle was spotted in the vehicle. A search of the car also turned up a grenade, a pistol and several forms of ammunition, all unregistered. More from NYTimes.

Wouk To Receive Fiction Award from Library of Congress

Now well into his nineties, author Herman Wouk will be awarded the first Library of Congress Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Writing of Fiction next month. His major works have been The Caine Mutiny, Marjorie Morningstar, Youngblood Hawke, The Winds of War, War and Remembrance and Don't Stop the Carnival.

Librarian of Congress James Billington says of the Pulitzer prize-winning author, "Herman Wouk's work epitomizes the historical novel and its ability to transcend its time and place to achieve universality in character and themes. (He) is a longtime supporter of the Library who has honored us with his presence on many occasions, and he was among the first group of recipients, during our bicentennial in 2000, of our Living Legend Award." More from bookweb.

Project Will Preserve Bush Administration Web Sites

If you didn't manage to save some of the last four years Bush bytes in your computers cache, not to worry.

Preservation efforts are underway to preserve more than 100 million Web pages from President Bush's second term, similarly to what was done in 2000 and 2004, to document the Web pages of President Clinton's first term, and the first half of the Bush administration. The 2004 end-of-term collection has about 75 million addresses for Internet resources, known as Uniform Resource Identifiers, or URIs.

The Library of Congress and Government Printing Office, in partnership with the California Digital Library, University of North Texas Libraries and Internet Archive, will harvest and archive all Web sites that could change under a new presidential administration. The total amount of data in the collection, which will focus on executive and legislative branch sites, is expected to reach 10 to 12 terabytes.

Do We Dewey?

The debate continues on the Dewey Decimal System. Read what commentators have to say in the NYTimes blog Papercuts and add your own two cents.

A New Poet Laureate

California poet Kay Ryan has been chosen to succeed Charles Simic as the nation's seventeenth poet laureate; she will be officially named to the post on Thursday.

Considered something of an outsider, Ryan, 62 said, "I came from sort of a self-contained people who didn’t believe in public exposure, and public investigation of the heart was rather repugnant to me. But in the end “I couldn’t resist,” she said. “It was in a strange way taking over my mind. My mind was on its own finding things and rhyming things.

Here are a few of her poems. Ryan was chosen for the honor by Librarian of Congress, James Billington.

Thriller in the LOC

The first trans-Atlantic broadcast, on March 14, 1925; Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia’s reading of the comics in 1945; and Michael Jackson’s 1982 best-seller “Thriller” were among 25 recordings added Wednesday to the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry. See what else is new there from the Associated Press.

Library of Congress Unveils High-Tech Exhibits

<a href="">WJLA Washington DC</a> reports on a new exhibit at the Library of Congress that utilizes high tech exhibits to show the specific words and phrases that formed the basis of the American republic. The exhibit allows visitors to see how the documents evolved. The Declaration of Independence, for instance, initially read "We hold these truths to be sacred and undeniable, that all men are created equal," but of course was revised by Ben Franklin to the less religious sounding "self-evident."

Library of Congress Opens Main Reading Room to Researchers Age 16 and Older

Sweet sixteen and never been to the Library of Congress? Now you can enter the Main Reading Room as a researcher--L.O.C. has changed its policy to allow 16 and 17 year olds.

From the press release:

"The Library of Congress is always looking for ways to create new lifelong learners, to expand access to knowledge and to spark the creativity of future generations," said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington.

"We want people of all ages to be aware of the almost limitless resources that are available in libraries, including their de facto national library, especially at a time when the amount of information online still represents only a tiny fraction of the sum total of human knowledge."

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are more than 8 million 16- and 17-year-olds living in the United States.

Flickr and Tags

An interesting post from Webware on the use of tags with the Flickr/Library of Congress project. The post is on a presentation given at the Web 2.0 expo.

LOC's Billington Presents at Yale

Technology can be used to heal both broken bones and cultural conflicts, James Billington, the 13th librarian of Congress, said Wednesday.

The Yale School of Medicine held the opening ceremony for the interactive exhibit “Medical Inventions and Innovations” in the school’s Harkness Auditorium yesterday afternoon. The ceremony coincided with the 60th annual lecture sponsored by the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library Associates, delivered by Billington.

Billington’s talk, titled “Freedom as Strategy: The Importance of an Ideal,” focused on the issues of globalization and intercultural understanding. More from the Yale Daily News.

Learning from Katrina - First Person Conservators' Accounts

On this webpage, Learning from Katrina: Conservators' First-Person Accounts of Response and Recovery; Suggestions for Best Practice, you can find interviews with seven recovery volunteers who helped deal with the aftermath of Katrina. They helped the collecting institutions of the states hit to recover materials damaged by the hurricane and later shared their experiences and what they learned in these interviews.

The LOC Exposed in the Wise Guide

This month's Wise Guide from the Library of Congress includes a short article, titled The Library Exposed about Carol M. Highsmith's photos of the Library of Congress Jefferson Building. The article links you to the Carol M. Highsmith Archive where these and other photos reside. Have a look at the 400+ photos of the LOC here.

Great Stats about the Library of Congress Flickr Content

This Library of Congress blog talks about the amazing success of their ongoing project to put content on Flickr to be viewed and tagged. In two days they had over a million views. Check out other stats at their blog.


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